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Manx BELLs and Scottish WALLACEs

Updated April 29, 2009

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I hope you enjoy the following pages, dedicated to the people I am connected to. Their names and dates of birth, marriage and death are important of course, but more important to me are the tiny bits of information gleaned about the lives they lived.

It would appear that not many of my predecessors enjoyed great wealth, in fact most were Ag Labs, Car Proprietors, Lodging House Keepers and Coal Miners, and probably lived very frugally from day to day. There are a small number who spent their life at sea as mariners and even "Master" Mariners, and others who were part of the military life (Manx Fencibles, Suffolk 12th Foot Regiment).

You can almost imagine being in a room where a small child is ill and dying from smallpox, or in another room where the mother is worrying about her husband away at sea. Many children were born to these people; not many survived the terrible disease and poverty of those days. Fathers were away from home for very long periods of time trying to earn enough money in order to support their loved ones. Others worked terribly long hours in the fields with very little recompense to show for their labours. It was a very hard life for most families, but I like to think they were bound together by their caring of each other, as we are today.

What a marvellous adventure this has been, and continues to be. Truly an exciting and fascinating education. I am the result of my ancestors' perserverance and strength, and for that I am grateful.

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Family Photos
  • "THREE LEGS" of the ISLE of MAN (16 KB)
    This is the flag of the ISLE OF MAN, the country of my mother's birth, and where most of my maternal ancestors lived, worked and died.
    The flag of Scotland is also known as the "SALTIRE", and Scotland is the birthplace of my father.
  • Lillian Steven BELL - my Mother (70 KB)
    This was taken in August of 1927, the day of my parents' marriage. Mom is seen here in her wedding dress.
  • Thomas Watt WALLACE - my Father (105 KB)
    My father was a member of the Scottish Highlanders (reserve), and this photo was taken in front of the home he built in Vancouver.
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